Former aide to retired Chinese president jailed for life

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 04, 2016 4:12 AM

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese court on Monday jailed for life a former senior aide to retired president Hu Jintao after finding him guilty of taking bribes, illegally obtaining state secrets and abuse of power, state media said.

The ruling Communist Party announced the investigation into Ling Jihua in December 2014. He had been demoted in September 2012 from a ministerial-level job, months after his son was killed in a crash involving a luxury sports car.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Michael Perry)